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Join the artists that inspired a nation by creating your own art inspired by theirs

May 17, 2016


Painting for Peace: A Coloring Book for All Ages available at select St. Louis events starting May 24, 2016



Painting for Peace: A Coloring Book for All Ages written by Carol Swartout Klein and illustrated by Robert O’Neil will be available at select events around St. Louis, MO beginning May 24, 2016 and nationally beginning early June. The 52-page Painting for Peace coloring book, published by Treehouse Publishing Group, will be at retailers across the US and on Amazon in paperback for $9.95. Designed for all ages with a range of designs from simple to elaborate, this unique coloring book was created as the logical next step after the award-winning best selling children’s storybook Painting for Peace in Ferguson was published in 2015. The original storybook highlights the hundreds of remarkable and colorful street murals that were created in Ferguson through the Paint for Peace effort as the community began to heal after months of unrest. The coloring book allows coloring fans to create their own art inspired by those original paintings that inspired a nation. More than 20 of the drawings are based on those hopeful murals in addition to new original drawings by illustrator Robert O’ Neil.


Events in the St. Louis region are:


Tuesday, May 24, 6-9 p.m.

The official St. Louis launch of Painting for Peace: A Coloring Book for All Ages

Almost Picasso, 18 Church, Ferguson, 63135

The Painting for Peace: A Coloring Book for All Ages and the award-winning children's book Painting for Peace in Ferguson will officially be available for purchase at this launch event. Color, chat and celebrate with Carol Klein, author, and Robert O'Neil, illustrator, who will also sign books.


Thursday, May 26, 4-5 p.m.

Ferguson Library, 35 N. Florissant Rd, Ferguson, 63135

Help kick off Ferguson Municipal Library's summer reading club with a story time and coloring. Author Carol Swartout Klein will read from her award-winning book, Painting for Peace in Ferguson. You and your children will also be able to spend some quality time together coloring and chatting with her and her new Painting for Peace coloring book.


Saturday, June 4, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, St. Louis, 63108

Join Author Carol Swartout Klein and Illustrator Robert O'Neil at Left Banks Books in the Central West End for a special story time. Not only will the author read the children's book Painting for Peace in Ferguson, you'll also get to color from pages in her new coloring book Painting for Peace, that's inspired by the children's book. Great for all age levels.


Monday, June 6, 6-8 p.m.

Urban Chestnut, 4465 Manchester, St. Louis, 63110

Join the Coloring Club STL for an evening of coloring with a custom coloring page from the coloring book Painting for Peace: A Coloring Book for All Ages. Ten percent of proceeds that night will benefit Painting for Peace foundation. Profits from the coloring book will be donated to youth organizations and small businesses in Ferguson, Missouri and the surrounding communities. Advanced $5 tickets are required for this event. Author Carol Swartout Klein and Illustrator Robert O'Neil will also be in attendance to sign books that will be available for purchase.


Sunday, June 12, 2-3 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Ladue, 8871 Ladue Rd, St. Louis, 63124

Color and chat with Author Carol Swartout Klein and Illustrator Robert O'Neil at Barnes & Noble in Ladue for their Second Sunday Coloring Club. We'll provide at least one image from the Painting for Peace: A Coloring Book for All Ages to color on, conversation and autographs.


Some distinctive features of this coloring book include the use of quality paper and only one drawing per page eliminating issues of colors bleeding through; a binding that allows the book to lay flat making it easy to color for both lefties and righties and designs that range from simple to more complex allowing adults and children to color together or giving a variety of options for the individual user. The book also features moving and emotional behind-the-scene stories from several artists featured in the book about their experiences in the original Paint for Peace effort in Ferguson and south St. Louis. Both the stories and the artwork allow children and adults to talk about the messages and the spirit behind the art as they color together. Profits from Painting for Peace will be donated to youth, art and educational organizations and small business recovery in Ferguson, Missouri and the surrounding communities.


“For more than a year, Ferguson has inspired artists across the nation through film, photography, plays, books, music, protest art, paintings and more,” Klein said. “Painting for Peace: A Coloring Book is another example that allows people to create their own art inspired by the art in Ferguson.”

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